While it was initially believed that Prince Harry ditched pal Tom "Skippy" Inskip for his hard partying antics, a new report says that Prince Harry ditched his pal after Inskip advised him not to rush into marriage with the former "Suits" star.
A source told Tatler magazine (via The Sun), “Hang out with the Clooney/Beckham/Soho House set and be assailed for being too Hollywood, for forcing your hen-pecked husband to abandon his old, country-set muckers — including Tom 'Skippy' Inskip, the ultra-loyal, tight-lipped Harry pal, who, it’s said, advised Harry not to marry Meghan and has paid the price: banishment.”
“Like several others who were considered a questionable influence on Harry during his bad old bachelor days, Tom has been dropped, even though he himself now has a lovely wife, Lara," a source told the magazine.
"It's all part of Meghan's quiet airbrushing out of Harry's old posse," the source continued. "She doesn't want temptation – of any sort – being put in his way while they concentrate on starting a family."
Prince Harry and Markle attended Inskip's wedding in 2017, but have reportedly distanced themselves from Harry's Eton classmate since, Express previously reported.
Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child in late April or early May.
Inskip wasn't the only person close to Prince Harry to show concern for the royal amid his whirlwind romance with Markle.
“William was quite concerned that the relationship had moved so quickly,” royal expert Kate Nicholl claims. “And being close to Harry, you know, probably the only person close enough to say to Harry, ‘This seems to be moving quickly. Are you sure?’ And I think what was meant as well-intended brotherly advice just riled Harry.”
“Harry is hugely protective of Meghan,” continued Nicholl. “He saw that as criticism, he interpreted that as his brother not really being behind this marriage, this union. And I don’t think things have been quite right ever since.”
A rep for Kensington Palace did not immediately return a request for comment.
Fox News' Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.